After completion of the course, the student:|
A) has gained knowledge of contemporary cultural theories that are relevant for understanding our contemporary global world;
B) has learn to read difficult and densely written texts that are important to research fields in the humanities, and has worked with them in feminist, queer, postcolonial, posthuman(ist) and/or (new) materialist projects;
C) has been trained to formulate relevant research questions, to locate and interpret sources, and to assess the significance of one’s own research within the framework of current cultural theories;
D) has gained confidence in reporting research findings in both oral and written forms.
This course is for students in the RMA Gender Studies and GEMMA; students from the RMA programmes Musicology, Philosophy, CLS and MAPS should check with the course coordinator before enrolling. Only this way participation can be granted. The entrance requirements for Exchange Students will be checked by International Office and the Programme coordinator. You do not have to contact the Programme coordinator by yourself.|
In this course, recent developments in cultural theory (used here as an umbrella term for the fields of feminist, queer, postcolonial, critical race, posthuman(ist) and (new) materialist perspectives) are explored by reading key texts that are crucial to what can be called an inspiration to the 'new humanities'. New materialism, critical and queer (post)humanisms, non-philosophy, and affect theory are just some of those currents at the forefront of this re-inscription of the humanities today that may be studied in this class each year. The course will select its text corpus in attunement with emerging theoretical-discursive developments, thereby providing a focused engagement with the subject of the 'new humanities' that speaks to a broad audience of cultural studies students. Without giving overviews or summaries, students in this class are asked to be part of cutting-edge scholarship by reading texts that matter 'today'. They are invited to 'do' the theory proposed in them by exposing themselves to the task of what Foucault once called a 'critical ontology of ourselves'.
The course provides students with cutting-edge intellectual debates in the broad field of Cultural Studies, with specific focus on Gender Studies discussions. Students are thereby familiarized with very contemporary research, which is helpful for shaping their future research profile on the academic job market and beyond.